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California, Fairfield, Hewitt & Prout

California, Fairfield, Hewitt & Prout

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Hewitt & Prout realizes that professionals and companies in all fields of specialty share a need for prudent, sophisticated and expeditious legal representation. Our regular interaction with individuals and organizations of diverse specialties and their insurance carriers had led us to recognize that the interests of both require careful attention and service. The firm approaches the defense of all cases with the central tenet that the unique events and legal principles in each matter must be fully understood by the client and the carrier and, most importantly, by the judge and jury. This philosophy of legal representation promotes a successful defense outcome with minimal interruption of our clients' activities and their delivery of valuable services. Our law firm specializes in litigation, with the primary emphasis on professional malpractice, employment law, transportation litigation, general and products liability and insurance law. In the area of professional malpractice, we have particular expertise in cases arising from legal, medical, dental, real estate, architectural, engineering, accounting, agent-broker and director-officer liability; and, in the area of employment law, we also have a particular expertise in cases arising from wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and FEHA and EEOC violations. Hewitt & Prout handles a unique blend of cases in transportation liability, environmental law, governmental entity defense, sports and leisure law nad motorsports litigation. In the course of broadening our interest in these areas, the firm has published a fifty-state survey on Waiver and Release law, which is regularly updated to include the constantly changing developments in this aspect of insurance defense. The firm also offers expertise in primary and excess insurance coverage matters which routinely include the issuance of advisory opinions, prosecution of declaratory relief actions and insurance bad faith defense. In conjunction with these specialties and the analytical, technical and written proficiency they demand, we have built an extensive appellate practice. The firm has established favorable law and capitalized upon advantageous legal trends for its clients, through the published appellate opinions it has garnered. Hewitt & Prout's longstanding litigation philosophy emphasizes professional, resourceful, judicious and aggressive handling, adapted to the particulars of each case. This outlook has yielded success in defending a diversity of cases in our fields of specialty, from the multimillion dollar, multiple-party suit involving brain damage or bad faith, to the smaller exposure premises liability injury or work-related trucking collision. Each case receives individualized attention from the trial attorney and an assigned associate. Early disposition is achieved where feasible and appropriate. Economic and judicious case management is universally applied. Our primary handling objectives emphasize:. Early case evaluation with reliable and timely reporting. Implementation of a pro-active defense plan. Identification and limitation of the adversary's legal contentions. Aggressive pursuit of pre-trial extrication. Prompt evaluation of settlement options. Effective, comprehensive and experienced trial defense. The most fundamental resource necessary to ensure consistent, high quality representation in the above areas is experience, which we are confident our attorneys have brought to our practice. However, cognizant of the fact that experience alone cannot guarantee the successful defense of a lawsuit, the firm strives to approach every case with precision and individualized strategy. Investigation and discovery are carefully planned, to refine and limit the issues by time of trial. The framework for summary judgment is conceived upon filing a responsive pleading and is expanded throughout the discovery process to extricate inappropriate defendants and to eliminate unfounded causes of action tat the earliest possible stage of the lawsuit. Through years of litigation experience, Hewitt & Prout has acquired broad access to the best medical and technical experts available to defend the interests of its clientele. We are convinced that the reputation and rapport we have developed in the expert community is an essential element of our successful representation. To ensure ongoing access to the most current legal developments, appellate decisions and trends in the insurance industry, the firm utilizes state-of-the-art computer and electronic resources, including Westlaw, Premise, Chiocepoint and other internet databases, as well as maintaining a well-stocked firm library of industry publications and periodicals. The diverse experience and expertise of the firm's members provides our professional and insurance clients with the assurance that a single firm can meet their needs both in and out of the courtroom. The firm's services thus include:. Litigation defense. Consultation and advisory opinions. Evaluation and defense of multiple and complex insurance coverage issues. Development and operation of risk and claims management and self-insurance programs. Preparation of contracts and agreements. Presentation of legal seminars. Out-of-state and federal litigation. In every case, Hewitt & Prout strives to achieve an appropriate balance of its handling objectives and litigation costs. Billings are submitted for effective time spent. The firm carries errors and omissions coverage with an admitted California insurance carrier. We also carry the highest "AV" ranting from the nationally recognized lawyer directory, Martindale-Hubbell. The firm meets the statutory qualifications for independent counsel, paid for by clients' insurance carriers, commonly known as "Cumis" counsel. Hewitt & Prout serves client needs throughout the state, with offices conveniently located in both Northern and Southern California. We have a familiarity with and a reputation in various courts throughout the state. We regularly receive litigation assignments from both self-insured entities and commercial carriers. We believe that Hewitt & Prout can meet and even exceed your expectations and needs. Our firm's attorneys will be pleased to meet with you personally to answer any questions you may nave concerning our practice, expertise, or fee structure. The firm is also prepared to make a formal presentation concerning its services. We look forward to serving your legal and professional needs.

Hewitt & Prout, 2150 River Plaza Drive, Suite 420, Sacramento, CA 95833

Fax: (916) 923-2151

Telephone: (916) 443-4849

California, Fairfield


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